Representation matters.

Here at Tippie, we’re committed to providing you with the resources, mentorship, and connections you need to thrive on campus and beyond.

The Black in Business series, coordinated by the Center for Diversity & Enrichment and the Tippie College of Business, is designed to expand dialogue in the Black community around issues of higher education, business, and entrepreneurship. This series is open to all students and will help connect you with Black business leaders and expose you to unique mentorship opportunities.

If you’re interested in understanding business from the perspective of Black professionals, discovering your inner entrepreneur, and being empowered to succeed as a Tippie business student, then don’t miss our next event.


Black in Business Series Alumni Talk: Accounting and Finance Featuring Stephen Belyn

Monday, October 25, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Virtual Event

Come learn about Stephen Belyn's journey into the fields of Accounting and Finance and how he is navigating being Black in Business!

Stephen Belyn is a managing director within the Corporate Finance & Restructuring practice of FTI Consulting. He has 20 years of experience in performing finance and accounting. He was the Tippie College of Business 2016 Alum of the Year, the 2018 Tippie Accounting Alum of the Year, and a past member and president of the Tippie Professional Accounting Council.​

Black in Business Series Presents -- Yoga: A Brand New You

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 11:30am to 12:30pm
Pappajohn Business Building, W401

With all that comes with college life whether it be academically, socially, or emotionally it can be hard to let go of all the pressure. There is a constant battle to maintain our mental health. One way to relieve all this stress is yoga and meditation. Yoga can help you recenter your energy, rejuvenate your mind, relieve anxiety, improve sleep quality, and provide a better quality of life. One session for 60 minutes can put you back on track.

Black in Business Series Presents -- Black Creative Professionals Panel

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Pappajohn Business Building, W401

The Black in Business Series presents an exclusive panel discussion with visionaries, innovators and leaders that are business professionals in their own creative ways. This panel of creative professionals and entrepreneurs aims to bring individuals together who are using their innovative ideas and creative minds to impact the work that they do. Every industry you go into is a business. Our panelists will answer questions about how they've navigated being Black in the industries of healthcare, music, and fashion.

Ignite your interests at our next Networking Dinner

Students at a Black in Business Networking Dinner

Connect with successful professionals and hear their success stories at our next Black in Business Networking Dinner. Join us to:

  • Meet Black professionals within an array of industries
  • Access mentorship from business leaders in fields that interest you
  • Discover unique internship opportunities

Networking Dinners are held each February, and feature a panel of exceptional speakers. Past guests have included K-Love the Poet, Precious L. Williams – Founder and CEO of Perfect Pitches by Precious, LLC, Harold Green – Author, Poet, and Renaissance Man, and many more dynamic agents for change. We hope to see you at our next event.

What does being Black in Business mean to you?

Sire Abram
Meet Sire Abram

“I would say true passion. Being Black in business comes with a lot of adversity and you have to truly be passionate about it to succeed.”

Kethia Mulongo
Meet Kethia Mulongo

“Seeing the difference in the room, the lack of black people in the business world. Where I don't see a lot of people who look like me, who don't have the same identity. Opening a room or creating a positive thing where you see a lot of black people in the business world. I could use that as an opportunity to create a business for me and for people like me.”

Morgan Conrad
Meet Morgan Conrad

“I’d say creative. You gotta be able to maneuver your way through things. And sometimes that, that means you have to do unorthodox things to get you to where your goals and objectives are. I've been blessed for that to be an opportunity and it's opened a lot of doors for me to pave my way to my goals.”

Noella Kabula
Meet Noella Kabula

“I consider being black in business a journey. Where it has its ups and downs because it can be challenging and difficult to fit in as a minority. At the same time that challenge is necessary because it allows me to step out of my comfort zone and succeed.”

Join the Black in Business Network

Our LinkedIn network is the place to stay connected for the latest information and dialogue for the Black community around issues of higher education, business, and entrepreneurship.

Learn from Black professionals, discover your inner entrepreneur, and be empowered. You don't have to be a business major to join, as we encourage you to see that anything you do in your profession can be seen as a business.

Visit us and join the Black in Business network today.

Support our mission

Black in Business programming is delivered at no cost to our student participants and relies on the support of generous donors who wish to support the future of Black business students. To make a gift to Black in Business, use the following link to the Tippie College Undergraduate Program Fund. Your donation will be used for the intended purpose.

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Contact us

Tevin Robbins
Assistant Director, Leadership Development